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Adobe Illustrator CS6: Gradients on Strokes (Finally!)

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator

We had to wait 25 years, but the day has finally arrived. Adding a gradient to a stroke is as simple as selecting an object, and choosing a gradient from the Stroke menu.

Adobe Illustrator CS6: Gradients on strokes

Fantastic! But what are the possibilities?

First of all, we now have three direction options in the Stroke panel: gradient within stroke, along stroke and across stroke. All three options are accessible via the Gradient panel. The image above shows the default gradient within the stroke.The image below shows the gradient along the stroke.

Adobe Illustrator CS6: Gradient along stroke

And this image shows the gradient across the stroke.

Adobe Illustrator CS6: Gradient across stroke

Now let’s add some variable widths to our spiral:

Adobe Illustrator CS6: Add the variable width tool and let the fun begin!

And let the fun begin!

Adobe Illustrator CS6: Combining variable width strokes with the new gradient strokes

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